Ashikaga Flower Park & Wisteria

“All my flower dreams came true!”

Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the most beautiful gardens I have visited.

This was an unplanned side trip which was definitely worthwhile. Although we missed the sakura, we arrived just in time to see the wisteria.

This was one of the best trips ever.

How to get from Tokyo to Ashikaga Flower Park?

This was a day trip from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours to get there. The route is now straightforward since they opened the JR Ashikaga Flower Park station in April 2018.

Click here for the official website link which has the transport details.
We used this route:

Tokyo Station >Ueno>Oyama>Ashikaga Flower Park Station

It is important to keep in mind the connecting train schedule from Oyama Station to Ashikaga Flower Station because on the day we were travelling, the frequency of the connecting train was an hourly basis.

Try using Hyperdia to check the train schedule.

Entrance Fees

We didn’t purchase our tickets in advance and in true DIY style we just made our way ourselves. The queue was long but fast and we got our tickets pretty quickly.

The entrance fees varies according to the condition of the garden. We visited during the peak period and paid 1800Yen per person.

I spent the whole day there because I absolutely love flowers.

I recommend staying past sunset because the ambience transforms with the sunset and in the evening, the park is lit up.

Definitely one of the best days of my life!

Upcycling wooden pallete for a herb garden

Living in an apartment with limited space and wanting to have herbs handy for meals made me creative & I looked for a wooden pallete for this herb garden project.

I found what I needed in a residential bin & I carted it home. I scrubbed the wooden pallete with sandpaper, used some soft twist garden wire, which I bought from the hardware shop, to secure each herb pot to the wooden pallete.

The herbs featured in the photo are rosemary, mint, chilli, basil, parsley & indian borage.

This is a simple idea for a small space.

L is for Lillies

Inspired by the manicured garden at Keukenhof, Holland, I bought some plants and bulbs at a garden shop on-site.

Packet of lily seeds from Keukenhof

Packet of lily seeds from Keukenhof

I planted the lillies according to the simple instructions & nothing really seemed to happen for months but I persisted.

The start of lily bulbs

The start of lily bulbs

Mother nature, she always gives me such beautiful surprises.

Lillies in full bloom

Lillies in full bloom

Note: I left London for a about a year & when I arrived home, the lillies bloomed. How welcoming!